Bánh Canh Cua Tôm



For Broth

8 cups Chicken Broth

4 cups Water ( no water or chicken broth needed, if used your own pork stock)

1 cup Crab Meat

1 tablespoon chopped Shallot

1 tablespoon chopped Garlic

1/2 tablespoons Salt

1 1/2 tablespoon Fish Sauce

1-2 tablespoons Annatto Oil

For Crab Claws and Shrimps Topping

16-20 Crab Claws

1 pound Shrimps, peeled, deveined, tail on

3 tablespoons Crab Paste in soy bean oil 

2 tablespoons chopped shallot

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

3 tablespoons Annatto Oil

1 teaspoons Fish Sauce

1 /2 teaspoon Black Pepper

For Shrimp and Crab Balls

1 pound Shrimp, peeled, deveined

1/3 -1/2 cup Crab Meat

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Fish Sauce

1 teaspoon Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

2 teaspoons Annatto Oil

For Noodles

 Tapioca Starch

 Rice Flour

 Boiling Hot-Water


Spring Onion, finely chopped

Cilantro, finely chopped

Fresh Black Pepper

Fresh Chili Pepper, thinly sliced


Making Noodles

Click here for the recipe

Alternatively, you can purchase premade bánh canh noodles at store.  


Making Annatto Oil

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Making Shrimp Crab Balls

Place shrimps in a food processor and grind until fine grind is achieved. Transfer to a bowl and add crab meat, salt, pepper, fish sauce, sugar and annatto oil. Mix it well until smooth paste is achieved. Keep it in the fridge or freezer until the shrimp paste mixture is cold. This process will help the shrimp mixture to bind together and become crunchy.


Cooking Broth

Bring a pot of water and chicken broth to a boil. If used whole crab, add crab in the broth pot and cook until crab is cooked. Remove any scum at the surface.

Remove the meat from the body and claws. Scrape out the gooey stuff that is in the center of the body's two equal solid parts. The greenish stuff is the tomalley, or mustard; it's the liver. You can eat it, and many love this part of the crab. Save the gooey stuff to saute it in crab claws and shrimps.

In a frying pan, saute garlic and and shallots until fragrant. Add crab meat and give it a quick stir. Transfer crab meat into the broth pot. Seasoning it with salt and fish sauce.  

Remove the shrimp paste mixture from the fridge or freezer. Use a spoon to scoop the shrimp paste and make it into balls. To avoid the shrimp paste from sticking on our hands, wet your hands and a spoon with water. Place shrimp ball into the boiling broth.


Cooking  Shrimps and Crab Claws

In a large pan, heat 1/2 annatto oil and saute garlic and shallots until fragrant and lightly golden brown.

Add shrimp, crab claws, crab meat and crab paste in soy bean oil, fish sauce and pepper. If you have the gooey stuff from fresh crab, add it in. Stir and cook for until shrimps are cooked. Set aside.



Bring a broth pot back to a boil. Add noodles into the pot over medium heat until the noodles are cooked, about 5 minutes. If you only need to make a few bowls, just cook a small batch of broth and noodles to keep it fresh. Noodles won't taste and look good when they soak in the broth for too long as the noodles do expand.

Ladle bánh canh into a serving bowl, top with crab meat, shrimp balls and shrimps. Garnish with green onions, cilantro, and fresh black pepper.  Serve with a side of sliced fresh red chili pepper and fish sauce.

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